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International Women's Day 2015

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This Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day 2015. This list was originally compiled by Emma Sakamoto for our March 2014 newsletter, and was updated this year by our librarian Meghan Howe. Celebrate International Women's Day in your classroom or library with one of these excellent Canadian books.

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Rencontre avec Andrée Poulin


par Danièle Courchesne

Après avoir travaillé comme journaliste et oeuvré en développement international, Andrée Poulin a décidé de se consacrer à l’écriture pour les jeunes il y a environ une dizaine d’années. Elle ne l’a jamais regretté. Elle compte aujourd’hui plus d’une trentaine de titres à son actif, dont plusieurs ont récolté des prix et distinctions. En octobre dernier, elle a d’ailleurs remporté le prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse pour son roman La plus grosse poutine du monde. Elle venait tout juste de gagner le prix TD lors de notre rencontre. Elle était toujours extrêmement ravie d’avoir obtenu ce prestigieux prix. Elle félicite chaleureusement tous les autres finalistes.

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Joyeuse Saint-Valentin!


Voici un livre à ne pas manquer pour souligner la Saint-Valentin, La machine à mesure l'amour, de Johanne Mercier chez Soulières éditeur.

François Métivier, inventeur né, a délaissé pendant six longs mois Jeanne Blanchet, l’amour de sa vie, pour se consacrer à une de ses inventions, la poêle à retourner les crêpes. Et pendant ce temps, la belle Jeanne s’est laissée charmer par le grand Bobby. Pour lui prouver la profondeur de son amour, François décide de créer la machine à mesure l’amour. Mais cette machine n’est pas sans conséquence…

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Pink Shirt Day 2015


February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day. Based on the initiative of two Nova Scotia students, Pink Shirt Day encourages all of us to stand up to bullies. By collectively refusing to tolerate bullying and developing the skills to prevent it, children and adults can help to make the world a better place for themselves and others. To learn more about Pink Shirt Day visit pinkshirtday.ca.

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day in your classroom of library with Canadian kids' books.

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Valentine's Day 2015

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February 14 is Valentine's Day. Celebrate this day with the ones you love with a Canadian kids' book. We suggest A Wizard in Love by Mireille Levert and Marie Lafrance (Tundra Books, 2009).

Hector, a retired wizard, lives with his cat, Poison, in a dilapidated house at the edge of the forest. Their days are peaceful and quiet until a dreadful noise pours
out of an old abandoned house nearby. It seems they have a new neighbour, and things will never be the same again. This title is also available in French as Sorcier amoureux.

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Kung Hei Fat Choy! Chinese New Year 2015

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February 19, 2015 marks the beginning on the Chinese New Year celebrations. This year is the year of the Goat or Sheep. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in your classroom or library with Paul Yee's Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook, illustrated by Shaoli Wang with recipes by Judy Chan (Tradewind Books, 2014).

In this enchanting collection of fairy tales including original stories and interpretations of Chinese folklore by master storyteller Paul Yee, a glorious procession of characters — peasants, ghosts, merchants, demons, villagers and kings — make their appearance. Each tale is followed by a simple recipe for a traditional Chinese dish to delight both readers and cooks!

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February 15, 2015: 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag

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February 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. Celebrate this anniversary in your classroom or library with Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Yelland's Our Flag: The Story of Canada's Maple Leaf, illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo (Kids Can Press, 2014). Discover the story of how Canada got its flag and why the search for the right design was not an easy task — some people thought the flag should feature a beaver or hockey sticks! Two craft activities are included, perfect for classroom use.

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Black History Month 2015

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February is Black History Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian books for kids and teens.

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Canadian titles make USBBY's 2015 list of Outstanding International Books!


USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. A number of Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2015 list.

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Books About Mental Health for #BellLetsTalk

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January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day 2015, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health. To encourage discussion, our librarian has put together the following list of fiction and non-fiction children's and YA books that feature themes relating to mental health. Pick up these titles at your local bookstore or library.